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Look Back in Anger
by John Osborne
Directed byKeith Scott  
Opens:Thursday 2nd July 2015
Until:Saturday 11th July 2015
Bookings open:Thursday 18th June 2015
Venue:The Athenaeum, Octagon
It is often said that this was an overnight sensation when it premiered in London in 1956. That is not entirely true, but it was different and certainly ground breaking theatre. Set in a cramped Midlands bed-sit and not in a Mayfair parlour it was a savage attack on the stuffiness of 1950s Britain’s pompous and patrician upper-class, a society Osborne’s lead character, the “angry young man” Jimmy Porter lashes out at as no longer relevant. Through its searing portrait of Jimmy's marriage to the socially superior Alison, the play combines the sex war and the class war, in an environment of gnawing discontent and the agony of endless waiting. Look Back in Anger is blazing and immediate, a tour de force of vitality and language. In the words of the novelist Alan Sillitoe, a contemporary of Osborne: “John Osborne didn’t contribute to British theatre: he set off a landmine called Look Back in Anger and blew most of it up. The bits have settled back into place, of course, but it was never the same again.”
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The Globe TheatreThe Globe is where New Zealand's best known poet, James K Baxter, had his first plays produced.

This 'theatre in a house' was created in 1961 by Patric and Rosalie Carey when they extended the living room of their house in London Street into an auditorium, converting it into a small, 30 seat theatre which they called The Globe. This was later modified into the 80 seat theatre which exists today. The Careys were active in promoting both classical and new theatre to Dunedin audiences. The theatre was the first in Australasia, for example, to mount a production of Beckett's Waiting for Godot. At the same time, there were regular performances of works by Shakespeare, Sophocles, Moliere, Ibsen and others.

Rosalie and PatricThe Careys also promoted the works of New Zealand playwrights such as R A K Mason and James K Baxter, both of whom were Burns Fellows at the University of Otago.

The Careys retired in 1973 but the theatre and its traditions continue, under the watchful care of the Incorporated Society known as the Friends of the Globe Theatre.

An audience in the foyerWhile the theatrical environment in Dunedin has changed considerably since the 1960s, the wishes of many people to see and/or participate in amateur theatre which is produced to high standards has not changed. If you too would like to become involved in the workings of this theatre in any capacity, on stage, behind the scenes or simply as an audience member who is given a discount on admission, do consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Globe.

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